An imagination is a terrible thing to waste…and—it’s a terrible thing to have waste us! The gift of our imagination may be used for good or wasted on evil. God can use it to create amazing things for His glory, or we can allow it to lead us into a completely distorted reality, destroying all the innocence and loveliness of life that God intends for us.
How does it destroy us? It begins with a thought—unthankfulness.
If we live with a basic failure to be thankful and the belief that the world revolves around us, the Bible tells us what happens: “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:21-22) If you read the rest of Romans 1, you’ll see it doesn’t end well for the person who becomes unthankful.
When “I” replaces “God,” it also replaces His divine perspective on truth.
We are left to figure out truth without God, and our imagination creates foolish lies and induces us to do crazy and shameful things. In the darkness of our self-centered imagination, it suddenly becomes okay to cheat on our spouse, lie on a test, steal from a friend, bring shame to our parents, forsake those who love us, etc. We imagine we will find fulfillment in the fantasy of things like sexual pleasure or drug addiction because we have placed ourselves in the center of our universe and our imagination leads us down a completely irrational path.
For those who have been enveloped into this darkness, as I have, the best way to find the way back to reality is to place God back in the center of our life. When He is our center, we are overwhelmed by gratefulness at His sheer goodness and the peace, love and joy he gives us which far exceeds the tawdry and fleeting promises of the world. His perspective opens our imagination and allows us to do the unimaginable. The Bible says:
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20)
When our heart is constantly thankful, we live in the light of God’s imagination!
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